"Armed With Fresh" Brexit Mandate, Ideas: Theresa May

It comes as campaign coalition British in Europe has written to UK Prime Minister Theresa May urging the UK to offer unilaterally to continue paying for British pensioners' healthcare while waiting for any new bilateral deals to be signed.

Speaking during a trip to Japan, she said a Brexit agreement was still possible, but first "we must hear from Great Britain how they envision that".

Talks involving Conservatives including Brexiteers Iain Duncan Smith, Theresa Villiers, Steve Baker and Owen Paterson - along with former Remainers Nicky Morgan and Damian Green - will continue in Whitehall, chaired by Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

In her speech, Mrs May will say: 'I know this is a concerning time for many people here in Northern Ireland.

Brexiters want the Irish backstop, which foresees the United Kingdom staying in a customs union to avoid a hard Irish border should there be no alternative, to be ripped out of the withdrawal agreement, or amended to be limited in time. "If they are not willing to compromise, if they're not willing to work with us to find common ground - it will be down to them if there is no deal".

A top European Union official has suggested a no-deal Brexit looks likely following a meeting with British MPs.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has propped up May's government since she lost her parliamentary majority in a 2017 snap election, said it wanted to get a deal agreed but made clear that the border backstop had to be replaced.

He said: "The Irish protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement already allows for alternative arrangements or alternative solutions to the backstop and if they're there they can replace the backstop".

"But we will find a way to deliver Brexit that honours our commitments to Northern Ireland. that commands broad support across the community in Northern Ireland and that secures a majority in the Westminster Parliament, which is the best way to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland".

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May is now seeking to renegotiate her deal, particularly its contentious "backstop" provision to keep the Irish border free-flowing, in a bid to secure parliament's support.

Lord Trimble was leader of the Ulster Unionist Party when the Good Friday Agreement, also called the Belfast Agreement, was signed 21 years ago and announced Thursday he planned to back the legal challenge over the European Union exit agreement which Prime Minister Theresa May, Brussels, and Dublin insist is key for preserving peace on the island.

Earlier on Sunday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid suggested that Border Force figures believe there are viable alternative arrangements to the Irish border backstop that would avoid the need for a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

"When I return to Brussels I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland, I will be armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree a pragmatic solution".

With Brexit just seven weeks away, Britain's ruling Conservative Party was locked in tense negotiations with itself Monday to rework the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union - as the EU stood firm in ruling out any renegotiation.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is due in Northern Ireland later today.

'It must be how, together, we move forwards to shape the opportunities of the future'.

On the backstop question, Merkel said the issues could be ironed out in the so-called political agreement that outlines future relations and accompanies the Brexit deal.

Irish deputy premier Simon Coveney said alternatives to the backstop were "wishful thinking".

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